News & Sight

Katerina Tsibouklis Appears on Channel 5

Channel Five News

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Katerina Tsibouklis, solicitor, appears on Channel 5 to comment on a review into the decision to charge Caroline Flack with assault by beating in 2019. The Guardian - Caroline Flack News Article Katerina Tsibouklis, solicitor, appears on Channel 5 News [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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Not Guilty Verdict in Serious Firearms Case

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Natasha Green, solicitor at Rustem Guardian, secures acquittal for O who appeared before Croydon Crown Court for trial in a firearms case. O was charged with one count of possessing a prohibited firearm. O was just 17 when he was arrested in 2021 after the police found a prohibited firearm located outside his bedroom window.  He was subsequently charged with possessing a firearm. The prosecution’s case was based largely on observation evidence from officers shortly before O’s arrest, who stated that they had witnessed our client’s bedroom window open and close and a figure appear shortly before the firearm was located....

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Katerina Tsibouklis Appears on ITV News

ITV News

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Katerina Tsibouklis, solicitor, appeared on ITV News on 03rd April 2024 to discuss the detention of offenders in mental health facilities. There has been public concern after a convicted offender absconded from a psychiatric institution where he had been detained. Katerina stressed that mental health facilities are not custodial institutions and that offenders detained in such facilities are there in part to assist with their rehabilitation. ITV News related article[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]...

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Acquittal for Child Sexual Offences

Unanimous Acquittal on 18-Count Indictment for Child Sexual Offences Katerina Tsibouklis and Ella Hughes acted for W, a man in his late seventies, who was accused of 18 counts of sexual offences against his stepdaughter including indecency with a child, gross indecency and indecent assault. The offences were alleged to have taken place in the early 1970s when W was in his late twenties and the complainant was between the ages of 8 and 13. The offences were said to have taken place in their family home. Due to the historical nature of the allegations, W was prosecuted under previous legislation for...

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The New Spouse Visa Requirements as of 11th April 2024

Summary by Agnieszka Tomasikiewicz 28/03/2024   The New Spouse Visa Requirements   The spouse visa, often called marriage visa or the partner visa, permits a non-UK resident to live with their significant other in the United Kingdom, assuming that the significant other is a British national or possesses permanent residency status, like Indefinite Leave to Remain or EU Settled Status. In December 2023, the UK government made a bold move to overhaul the financial requirements for the Spouse Visa and all other Family Visas. These changes, set to take effect from April 11th onwards, are expected to make the application process considerably more challenging and...

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Supply of Class A: Acquittal in the Crown Court

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Sophia Vargas Sanchez represented D who was originally charged with being concerned in the supply of class A drugs, heroin and crack cocaine, as well as possessing criminal property. Sophia took careful instructions from D from the magistrates’ court stage where he denied involvement in Class A dealing. Sophia was also able to discover that D was involved in the supply of Class B but more importantly, was doing so under threats from another higher up in the supply chain. Despite this admission being made as part of D's defence statement where he denied involvement in Class A supply, the...

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Attempted Murder Acquittal

Katerina Tsibouklis’s client (P) was charged with Attempted Murder alongside other offences. Katerina’s client was acquitted of Attempted Murder, the most serious offence on the indictment, following a lengthy 6-handed trial which took place at the Old Bailey. Katerina’s client was named second on the 6-defendant indictment. The Attempted Murder related to a ‘gang’ shooting in the Hackney area. The shooting was alleged to have occurred over rivalry between 67 and 17 gang members. P was accused of having brought a loaded firearm into the venue where the shooting occurred. The firearm was then used by another person to shoot the...

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Suspended Sentence – Large class A county lines drugs case

Suspended Sentence Order secured in large county lines class A drugs case Natasha Green and Rhys Rosser of 2 Bedford Row chambers represented G who was amongst 22 people arrested for being concerned in the supply of class A drugs in a large county lines drugs case in Stevenage. G, together with others, was said to have been involved in the supply of class A drugs over a number of months through a well-known drugs line operating in Stevenage. He was further arrested for possession of ammunition. The investigation consisted of evidence from undercover officers and significant telephone analysis. G was a...

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RG secure acquittal in high profile immigration case

Customs Control

Rustem Guardian represented A who was charged with conspiracy to assist unlawful immigration, a case which dated back to 2020 during the height of the Covid Pandemic. A was a taxi driver and was alleged to have facilitated the illegal entry of numerous individuals either into or out of the United Kingdom. The evidence against A was in the form of telecommunications such as calls, text messages and WhatsApp, as well as a wealth of observation evidence from undercover officers observing A and his co-defendants. This was a large operation split into various trials. The case was complicated by the multijurisdictional aspect...

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Diminished Responsibility: what it is and why it is a “special” & “partial” defence to murder

[vc_row triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Defence to murder - Legal commentary by Noor Elbaradie   What it is and why it is a “special” & “partial” defence to murder. Before the Homicide Act 1957, insanity was the only defence available for a defendant to escape liability for murder. A year before the enactment of the Homicide Act, Major Lloyd-George argued, in the House of Commons, for a new defence for those who are not “insane in the legal sense” but are “seriously abnormal, whether through mental deficiency, inherent causes, disease or injury”. The defence of diminished responsibility thus arose in England and Wales. A person who...

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